Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Writing Mentorship Scheme – Call for new writers

Self Service and This is Tomorrow are piloting a mentoring scheme for new writers, which offers an opportunity for a new or emerging writer to develop skills in critical writing for publication.

The scheme intends to encourage writing practice within the West Midlands, giving a platform for new writers to gain public exposure, experience and professional development, whilst simultaneously promoting arts activity in the region to a wider audience.

The writer will receive 3 half-day mentoring sessions from the This is Tomorrow team:

-James Smith (focus on research, planning and editorial).
-Lorena Munoz-Alonso (focus on artists interviews / features).
-Josephine Breese (focus on reviews and writing style).

In addition the writer will have two half-day mentoring sessions with Sally O’Reilly which will focus on writing practice.

The writer will be expected to produce three pieces of critical writing (as detailed below), which will be published on and

-A review of Flatpack or Fierce Festival (500words), March 2011

-An interview/feature on a West Midlands based practitioner or artist-led organisation (1000 words), June 2011

-A review of all, or a part of The Event 2011 (1000 words), October 2011

Application process

Applicants should send:

-A short letter of application stating why you have applied for this opportunity and what you hope to gain from it.

-Two examples of critical writing (around 500 words each).

-An up to date CV


Deadline: Friday 14th January 2011